Confessions of a centaur
About the book…
so, dear ghost.
a child again, I see you
steady, whole, continuous. You swim
beside me down that sustaining stream
which no one - such is our curse
or blessing - ever enters twice.
from ‘Thinking a Dead Man’
Victor Price’s second collection represents the slowly matured work of over twenty years. Its subject matter ranges from his native Ulster to the wider world of Hiroshima and the Falklands war.
Yet more than being an exploration of place and belonging, or a wry debunking of political posturing, Confessions of a Centaur unveils a diverse human landscape. Price’s poems offer the reader profound meditations on the triumphs and limitations of art, the space age, even love itself'; they are underpinned by a sense of mortality and lost time, leavened by a sometimes sardonic humour.
Above all, they reflect a vibrant
interplay of the classical and modern worlds in the poet’s imagination.
In their breadth of reference, their intelligence and their power of expression these are poems for the twenty-first century, to be returned to again and again, throwing a highly distinctive light on what Price calls ‘the aghast nakedness of man’.